Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.
Scheduling Note: The previously-scheduled December 8 Advent Lessons & Carols has been cancelled.
From Pastor Kern …
Dear People of God,
On Sunday the church year comes to a close and with that a sense that we have once again completed the journey of faith that we take over and over and over again in our lives.
When I look out over the scope and depth of Jesus’ life on earth, I find many points over which to linger and ponder. But none strikes me as more significant than the intentional way he designates the people of God as responsible for carrying on the gospel message. The trust he places in mere mortals is breathtaking.
Funny thing, trust. When it’s in place, everything is easier. When it’s absent, nearly everything is harder. Roberts Rules, with which I think most of us have some familiarity, are based on the assumption of the absence of trust and the assumption of conflict! But Jesus has another vision for his church.
It is striking how many times Jesus himself, and the writings of the New Testament, exhort the people of God to recognize their God-given unity and be of “one mind.” I have no doubt Jesus knew what we would do with our new-found freedom, but I also believe he had high hopes for us; that we would give and receive forgiveness, and strive to live in the unity of the bond of peace.
The Festival of Christ the King reminds us every year that this holy hope still reaches out to us across time and space, calling all the baptized to take responsibility for the gospel as one, holy, catholic, church.
+ WORSHIP +
Christ the King Sunday, Nov 24
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30 a.m.
O God, our true life, to serve you is freedom, and to know you is unending joy. We worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory. Abide with us, reign in us, and make this world into a fit habitation for your divine majesty, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Worship Assistants full schedule is available online: www.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/
+ LEARN +
Rulers are defined by their power over others. They can levy taxes, conscript youth into armies, open or close borders, and enforce policies that direct the daily lives of the people in their realm. When Pilate interviews Jesus… [click here to see full article]
Adult Forum Study of Amos
The name Amos may call to mind those famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos? Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live… Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” Join us for the Adult Forum, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (11/24,12/8,15,22) as we explore the book of Amos.
May We Talk About Racism?
Racism has been called the original sin of America. Rooted in slavery, it continues to haunt our dialogue in politics, education, and church.
FINAL WEEK! – Pastor Kern is offering the chance for dialogue about race, during the education hour. The class will be based on Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.
Please note: this will be a discussion based on Ms. Irving’s book. It will be necessary for participants to acquire and read a copy of the book. Our discussion will be guided by what we have read together.
If you are truly interested in learning more about the systemic and social perpetuation of racism, and the role of white people in particular in that process, this book can be the beginning of an enlightening and hopeful journey. All are welcome.
+ SERVE +
Bake a pie, make a pie, buy a pie, or thaw a pie! Bring your pies to share at Pie Sunday coffee hours this Sunday, November 24. The more pies the better! Please cut your pie for serving. Any questions? Call Lynn Booth.
Give More Hope
Help those in need while you Christmas shop!
Now, through December 15, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.
Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service Nov. 17 – Dec. 15.
Now, through December 8
The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need. In fact, your gift may be the only Christmas gift a child receives.
We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. Look for the brick-papered box in the Social Hall.
CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chrismon Decorating Brunch
Saturday, November 30
We’ll gather on Saturday, Nov 30, from 9:00 a.m. to noon to setup our new Christmas tree and decorate it with our new beautiful Chrismons, made by our church family members.
Please let Sabrina Rufty (email@example.com or 301-922-5411) know if you’re planning to join so that we can plan brunch!
Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School
On Sunday, December 1, during the Sunday school hour, we will prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers these to people around the world suffering from natural disasters, violence, or poverty.
Each kit contains a bath towel, two bars of soap, one toothbrush, comb, and nail clipper. Social Ministry Team will purchase all the necessary items to meet particular LWR requirements. Your monetary donations make this effort possible. Checks may be made out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line. We estimate the cost of each kit to be $7.
Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions or suggestions.
Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck
Sunday, December 8
The Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting will follow the 10:45 a.m. worship service.
We will also have a potluck brunch/lunch after the late service. Bring your favorite brunch or lunch entree, side-dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages will be provided. We will eat while we meet.
3rd Quarter Giving Statements
are available for pickup in the Social Hall.
Church Directories for Fall 2019
are available for pickup in the Social Hall.
Poinsettias and Wreaths
to Adorn Trinity at Christmas
Order Deadline: December 8, 2019
I wish to order: Poinsettias: $10 each
#_____ RED poinsettias
#_____ WHITE poinsettias
#_____ RED/WHITE mixed
#_____ Door Wreaths @$16 each
#_____ Sanctuary Wreath @$30
In Memory of:
In Honor of:
_____ I will donate my poinsettias
Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays
The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.
Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.
Remember in Your Prayers
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America)
congregation: Trinity Church
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.
24. Roger B
24. Rebecca P
27. Matthew B
29. Angela B
29. Robert P
30. Christine B
24. Laura T
24. Mary W
27. Linnea S
27. Luke W
27. Sophia W
28. David K
29. John B
30. Diana B
November 24, 2019 CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
A Ruler’s Power
Rulers are defined by their power over others. They can levy taxes, conscript youth into armies, open or close borders, and enforce policies that direct the daily lives of the people in their realm. When Pilate interviews Jesus, he says to him, “Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” (John 19:10). It is something a ruler would say. In the outpost of the Roman Empire that is Judea, Caesar’s power resides with Pilate.
As he is crucified, Jesus wields two powers that belong to kings. First, he offers pardon. He prays for the forgiveness of those responsible for his death. As God answers his prayer, those who have meant Jesus harm are absolved. It is just as if a judge, a president, or a monarch had pardoned them. They walk free.
The Power of Welcome
Jesus also exercises the noble power of welcome. Who may come into a country? Rulers of each country decide the answer to this question. In our day, they enact their decisions with paperwork: passports, visas, and the like. Jesus exercises the power to welcome another into the rule of God. He spent his ministry welcoming people into that reign as he shared with them healing, forgiveness, food, and love. On the cross, he welcomes someone else. For the thief who asks, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42), Jesus authorizes a visa into paradise.
Received by Christ Himself
Christ the King’s pardon is for us. We begin our worship acknowledging our sin and hearing the news that God has forgiven us. The Ruler’s welcome is ours as well. We come to the table, received by Christ himself. Today we join him, the thief on the cross, and all the saints in a foretaste of the paradise to come. The Spirit sends us into the week ahead renewed in the knowledge that we are citizens of the reign of God and that our true Ruler is the one who welcomes and pardons: the crucified and risen Christ.